See also: rág and råg

EnglishEdit

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PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Origin uncertain; perhaps the same word as Etymology 2, below.

NounEdit

rag (plural rags)

  1. A coarse kind of rock, somewhat cellular in texture; ragstone.
    • 2003, Peter Ackroyd, The Clerkenwell Tales, page 1:
      the three walls around the garden, each one of thirty-three feet, were built out of three layers of stone — pebble stone, flint and rag stone.

VerbEdit

rag (third-person singular simple present rags, present participle ragging, simple past and past participle ragged)

  1. To break (ore) into lumps for sorting.
  2. To cut or dress roughly, as a grindstone.

Etymology 2Edit

From Old Norse rǫgg (tuft, shagginess). Cognate with Swedish ragg.

NounEdit

rag (plural rags)

  1. (in the plural) Tattered clothes.
    • Dryden
      Virtue, though in rags, will keep me warm.
  2. A piece of old cloth; a tattered piece of cloth; a shred, a tatter.
    • Milton
      Cowls, hoods, and habits, with their wearers, tossed, / And fluttered into rags.
    • Fuller
      Not having otherwise any rag of legality to cover the shame of their cruelty.
  3. A shabby, beggarly fellow; a ragamuffin.
    • Ben Jonson
      The other zealous rag is the compositor.
    • Spenser
      Upon the proclamation, they all came in, both tag and rag.
  4. A ragged edge in metalworking.
  5. (nautical, slang) A sail, or any piece of canvas.
    • Lowell
      Our ship was a clipper with every rag set.
  6. (slang, pejorative) A newspaper, magazine.
  7. (Can we clean up(+) this sense?) (poker slang) A card that appears to help no one.
  8. (Can we clean up(+) this sense?) (poker slang) A low card.
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VerbEdit

rag (third-person singular simple present rags, present participle ragging, simple past and past participle ragged)

  1. (intransitive) To become tattered.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

Etymology 3Edit

Origin uncertain.

VerbEdit

rag (third-person singular simple present rags, present participle ragging, simple past and past participle ragged)

  1. To scold or rail at; to rate; to tease; to torment; to banter.
  2. (UK slang) To drive a car or another vehicle in a hard, fast or unsympathetic manner.
  3. To tease or torment, especially at a university; to bully, to haze.
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NounEdit

rag (plural rags)

  1. (dated) A prank or practical joke.
  2. (UK, Ireland) A society run by university students for the purpose of charitable fundraising.

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Etymology 4Edit

Perhaps from ragged. Compare later ragtime.

NounEdit

rag (plural rags)

  1. (obsolete, US) An informal dance party featuring music played by African-American string bands. [19th c.]
  2. A ragtime song, dance or piece of music. [from 19th c.]
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BretonEdit

PrepositionEdit

rag

  1. before

DutchEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Old Dutch:rach (spider silk), New Frisian: reach (spider silk), Old Saxon: raginna (rough hair), Old English: ragu (moss). No further etymology. The word must be West Germanic only.

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NounEdit

rag n (plural raggen, diminutive ragje n)

  1. spider silk.
SynonymsEdit
  • spinrag
Derived termsEdit
  • ragfijn

Etymology 2Edit

From English rag.

PronunciationEdit

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NounEdit

rag n (plural rags, diminutive ragje n)

  1. A piece of ragtime music.

GermanEdit

VerbEdit

rag

  1. Imperative singular of ragen.
  2. (colloquial)First-person singular present of ragen.

HungarianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Back-formation from ragad. Created during the Hungarian language reform which took place in the 18th-19th centuries.

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NounEdit

rag (plural ragok)

  1. (grammar) suffix, affix, case ending

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LojbanEdit

RafsiEdit

rag

  1. rafsi of rango.

North FrisianEdit

NounEdit

rag m (plural rager)

  1. (Föhr-Amrum) (anatomy) back

Scottish GaelicEdit

AdjectiveEdit

rag

  1. stiff, rigid, inflexible
  2. stubborn, obstinate

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